For Those Mundane, Ordinary Days {Coffee for Your Heart}

Today I’m joining the lovely Holley Gerth for another cup of Coffee for Your Heart. A midweek dose of encouragement to get  you through your week.

desert photoIt can be hard getting through those mundane, ordinary days. You know those days that pile one on top of the other but with no real difference between them; each day so much like the day before. When you’re walking through those days, it can be easy to think it’s for nothing, that your days don’t amount to much and it can be so easy to dismiss these days as unimportant.

I think Moses might have felt that way too. He spent 40 years on the back side of the desert doing the seemingly mundane. Every day looking very much like the day before. Day in and day out tending sheep, feeding them, keeping them out of harm’s way. I imagine after spending the first 40 years of his life in a palace, life on the backside of the desert must have felt like a cruel joke.

But here’s the thing, the time Moses spent on the backside of the desert uniquely prepared him to be able to lead the children of Israel through their 40 year journey in the wilderness.

Moses learned in the mundane what he would need to walk out his destiny

Of course, Moses doesn’t know that as he is living out those mundane days. He doesn’t know what’s coming. He doesn’t know what God has been preparing him for. All he knows is that the life he is living is not the life he thought he would be living. But then God shows up and everything changes.

In Exodus Chapter 4, when Moses throws down his staff at God’s command, he is essentially trading his mundane former life for a new life infused with God’s power & anointing. When he picks it back up, neither the staff nor Moses are the same. Moses doesn’t know it yet but in time, he will discover that God has taken what was mundane and turned it into something miraculous.

Are your days feeling mundane and ordinary? Are you moving through them, numbly wondering to yourself “is this really my life?”? Maybe you’re a stay at home mom or dad and every day feels so ordinary and you’re wondering if your life is making any real difference. Or maybe you’re a twenty-something year old and you’re wondering when will life really begin for you. Or maybe, just maybe, you feel like Moses might have felt, like it’s too late for you and this mundane existence is all that you have to look forward to for the next umpteen years.

To you I say, do not despise these mundane, ordinary days. You cannot know the end of the story that God is writing in your life. You cannot know what He might be doing in and thru you in these days. You cannot know what He might be preparing you for or what influence you are having unawares. God is here with you and if you will trust Him with your mundane days, He will turn your life into something miraculous.

One of my favorite movies is Mr. Holland’s Opus. In the movie, Mr. Holland spends 30 years living what he feels is a misspent life. He had aspirations to write a great symphony but he never quite got around to finishing it because, well life got in the way. I love the last scene of the movie because in it Mr. Holland learns that he has in fact written his symphony but it has not been on sheets of music, instead it has been in the lives of the students, and teachers, and parents he has influenced for the last 30 years.

If the sense that you are meant for more is being swallowed up by the sameness of your days, allow Moses and Mr. Holland to remind you that the mundane just might be preparing you for your destiny. Give the Father these days and watch what He does with your life story.

With much love from my heart to yours,

Makeda Coffee-for-Your-Heart-150


8 thoughts on “For Those Mundane, Ordinary Days {Coffee for Your Heart}

    • Angela, it thrills my heart to know that my words encouraged you today. Since we are Coffee for Your Heart neighbors, I am off to read your words of encouragement for this week. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  1. Hi Makeda! Visiting from Coffee for Your Heart! I’ve heard so many good things about this movie. Your post reminds me to put it on my list as a must see. Great application of the word and happy to hear your heart today.

    • Lisha, thanks so much for stopping by. You should totally put Mr. Holland’s Opus on your list. I found a copy of it in my local library so that might be a way for you to get your hands on it sooner rather than later. It is such a great movie and even though I spoiled the ending for you, it’s still worth watching. Let me know if you get to watch it anytime soon.

  2. Thank you for these words. I feel like I’ve been on the backside of the desert for three years. I guess that’s not forty! Your post blessed me. Thank you!

    • Anne, I’m so glad to hear that the words in this post resonated with you and blessed you. Thanks so much for stopping by and for letting me know how you were encouraged today. Praying the Father will meet you as you move thru these years on the backside of the desert.

  3. You are an amazing encourager Makeda! I love the way you used the story of Moses’s mundane dessert time to illustrate how God uses where we are to prepare us for what’s ahead, even a miracle. It did me good to hear you say, “Give the Father these days and watch what He does with your life story.” Thank you for including the Mr. Holland’s Opus video clip too. It spoke volumes and touched my heart.

    • Aww Maria, it thrills me to hear that your heart was encouraged by these words today. Mundane days are hard and it can be easy to lose sight of Him here but He is here and He is at work, even when we cannot see it. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your heart. Appreciate you!

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